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Per Audacia ad astra (Or, how to get one step closer to world domination)

In the video game world, my love is basically divided among three subjects: Nintendo, Halo, and Bungie. (OK, there is a sliver for Kingdom Hearts and LEGO games –and the Batman Arkham series– but you get the point.)

It seemed appropriate that in celebration of Bungie Day, I would decide to craft something.


“Something” being the Bungie crest that communicates its power as our future overlord with the swords and the barehanded grip of a lightning bolt.

(Thor holds no power over them.)

I was tempted to use the image straight from their Twitter avatar. But then I remembered rule number one I learned from last year’s failed Bungie Day craft.


I went the begging route and dropped DeeJ an email asking for the image.

He said no.

I cried.

The end.

No craft this year.

I, of course, am kidding. He sent me the file with nary a raised eyebrow and I was set.

Originally wanted to do some kind of blackwork the incorporated the various logos of Bungie’s past (and present) games, but some of the logos (Oni and Marathon, in particular) were not going to translate well into AIDA cloth.


Then, I thought I would embroider the crest with the logos inside, but the more I thought about, the more I thought it would end up looking, well, like this.


So, I ditched that idea and embraced the KISS principle and everything was set.


I found this piece of silk that was frayed, forlorn, and had basically given up on the idea that it could ever be turned into something amazing in the bottom of my fabric bin, but I saw its potential, even though it couldn’t.

Now I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m not 100% confident when it comes to embroidery. Cross-stitching is safe and comfortable, like a teddy bear. The squares and I…


But, there are a couple of stitches that I enjoy in the world of embroidery. (The chain stitch, especially.)  So, I decided to stick with those stitches for this project.  I knew this was going to be an easy craft — I penciled in maybe 4-5 hours of work. I certainly didn’t expect for it to go as quickly as it did.


As I looked upon its awesomeness, it registered in my mind…I actually finished the project early.


Victory lap time, baby!


So, happy Bungie Day everyone! Bungie, thank you for making epic games and having some awesome people work within your ranks. Awesome Bungie community (yes, I’m looking at you), you all are so amazing and I am blessed to consider so many of you my friends. ❤ ❤ Enjoy the beta that’s coming out later this month, and become legend. 😀 😀

As for me, I’m off to craft some more. I’ll give you one clue what I’m working on. It rhymes with Stark twirled.


It’s a me! Crafting Mario!

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For Christmas, Babe got me this awesome book. Just what I need, right? More books to enable my crafting habit.

We needs all the craft books, Precious.

The pin cushion on the front totally caught my eye, but if you know me, you know what I was thinking.


That’s right, Mario.

So, I Binged it up, looking at all the 8-Bit Mario items I could find and traced out some rough shapes that were about the same size as the mushrooms in the original pattern. I ended up making a coin, a piranha plant, a Bullet Bill and and Mushroom. I had a fire flower, but I was worried it would look to busy with it. (I should have put it on there — the back looks a little bare.)

The total project time took about 4 hours or so. I’m fighting the urge to take off the top and add the fire flower (or a 1-up mushroom) just so there isn’t that huge gap between the coin and the piranha plant. (Which probably means I’ll add it in the next couple of days, LOL)


My other crafting present was a kit to learn how to crochet. *snicker* Yeah, I’m about ready to give the yarn to the cat and be done with that already. (No, really, I am going to give it a go this time.)